The capital cities of Europe feature some of the most picturesque scenery and architecture in the world. Historic sites, grand festivals, and local cuisine help shape the culture and identity of each city.
Top capital cities of Europe
Where should you begin your tour of European capital cities?
We have curated a list of 5 capital cities in Europe from which to choose for your next getaway. From the opulence and style of Paris to Rome’s ancient treasures, each of these five capital cities of Europe are bucket-list destinations.
Rome offers a pleasing blend of historic and religious sights, as well as striking fountains, piazzas, and quaint cafes. For history and architecture buffs, Rome is second to none.
Visit Vatican City, located in the heart of Rome, and explore the Vatican Museums. Gaze upon floor-to-ceiling biblical frescoes painted by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel. Stroll through St. Peter’s Square to see St. Peter’s Basilica and its famous dome.
The Pantheon is Rome’s most well-preserved ancient building featuring its iconic column structure. It is also one of the most mimicked styles of buildings in the world. After a busy day of exploration, take some time to relax with a refreshing scoop of gelato and enjoy the stunning Trevi Fountain.
Renowned as perhaps the most beautiful city in the world, Paris is a cannot miss European capital city.
Some of the most famous landmarks in the world can be found here. First among them is the Eiffel Tower. Be sure to travel to the top for breathtaking views of Paris’s famous arrondissements (neighborhoods). The Arc de Triomphe also offers spectacular scenes of the city from its panoramic terrace.
For most, the Louvre needs no introduction. Home to the Mona Lisa, the Louvre itself is an architectural marvel with its triangular shape and glass paneling. At the Château de Versailles, you can visit the castle, gardens, and enjoy strolling the magnificent gardens and grounds.
London’s mixture of historic charm, big-city atmosphere, and quaint pubs make it one of the best capital cities to visit. There is plenty to see and do in London, including the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace.
Learn the secrets and mysteries at the imposing Tower of London. Then wander across the street and stroll across the famous Tower Bridge, spanning the River Thames with its two famous towers.
See where laws and legislation are passed at the Houses of Parliament. Built in the gothic style, the Houses of Parliament are home to both the House of Lords and House of Commons.
If you are up for some good craic (that’s Irish slang for a good time), Dublin is the place to visit in Ireland. One of the most fun cities in Europe, Dublin’s friendly people welcome you with a smile and good cheer. Venture to Grafton Street where you’ll find shops, pubs, and street performers (called buskers).
Ireland is famous for its whiskey. Dublin is where you will find the Jameson Distillery on Bow Street. Learn about Ireland’s long whiskey tradition and enjoy a few samples of the “water of life.”
Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the national cathedral of the Church of Ireland. This gothic structure dates to 1191 and offers guided tours to learn about the history and life of the church.
Not as well-known as other European capital cities, Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland. Reykjavik is a colorful city sitting on a harbor in the north Atlantic. And it is a destination for many because you can see the Aurora Borealis (the Northern Lights) on clear, winter nights.
The Golden Circle is an iconic tour that features three equally breathtaking sights – Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall, and the Geysir. Tour Iceland’s South Coast which features quaint villages, black sands, and stunning waterfalls.
And further afield is the Blue Lagoon. This geothermal spa features hot springs, mud pools, and steam vents. It makes the ideal backdrop for a memorable lunch.
Planning a vacation to visit major European capitals
The capitals of European countries are some of the most sought-after travel destinations in the world. From London to Paris and Dublin to Rome, the best way to see these iconic European sights is with a guided tour like our Best of Ireland Tour or Bella Italia Tour. Or, venture on a cruise and land tour for the ultimate experience of seeing Europe and many more destinations.
To learn more or to join one of these enchanting tours with YMT Vacations, call your travel consultant or 1-888-756-9072.